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11 Festive Christmas Playlists

Deck the halls and rock around the Christmas tree to our favorite holiday tunes.

By Corinne Chin

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Whitney Houston courtesy of RCA
Brad Paisley courtesy of Arista
Sarah McLachlan courtesy of RCA
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Sufjan Stevens courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty
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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds courtesy of RCA
London Symphony Orchestra/Gautier Deblonde
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Christmas Classics

"Santa Baby" - Eartha Kitt
"Jingle Bells" - The Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby
"Jingle Bell Rock" - Bobby Helms
"A Holly Jolly Christmas" - Burl Ives
"The Christmas Song" - Nat King Cole
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - Judy Garland
"Run Rudolph Run" - Chuck Berry
"White Christmas" - The Drifters
"Blue Christmas" - Elvis Presley
"Christmas Waltz" - Frank Sinatra
"Little Saint Nick" - The Beach Boys
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" - Andy Williams

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Pop Christmas

"White Christmas" - Katy Perry
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" - John Lennon
"Where Are You Christmas" - Faith Hill
"Christmas Lights" - Coldplay
"We Need a Little Christmas (Glee Cast Version)" - Glee Cast
"This Christmas (Hang All the Mistletoe)" - Macy Gray
"The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" - Whitney Houston
"Feliz Navidad" - Celine Dion
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - Carrie Underwood
"Someday at Christmas" - Jack Johnson
"Last Christmas" - Taylor Swift

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Christmas in the Country

"Hard Candy Christmas" - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
'Thank God for Kids" - Kenny Chesney
'Do You Hear What I Hear" - Martina McBride
"Go Tell It on the Mountain" - Toby Keith
"Jingle Bell Rock" - Rascal Flatts
"Please Come Home for Christmas" - Willie Nelson
"Blue Christmas" - Ricky Van Shelton
"Let It Be Christmas" - Alan Jackson
'Santa Baby" - Kellie Pickler
"Winter Wonderland" - Brad Paisley
"Country Christmas" - Loretta Lynn
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" - Vince Vance and the Valiants
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Lady Antebellum
"The Christmas Shoes" - Eric Dodge

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Calm Christmas

"Silent Night" - Sarah McLachlan
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" - Enya
"Ave Maria" - David Archuleta
"Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming" - Sting
"Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" - Don McLean
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" - Josh Groban
"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" - Sufjan Stevens
"Pie Jesu" - Jackie Evancho
"Away in a Manger" - Celtic Woman
"Once in Royal David's City" - Harry Christophers & The Sixteen
"Let There Be Peace on Earth" - Singing Sergeants & United States Air Force Band

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Christmas in the Movies

"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (from How the Grinch Stole Christmas)" - Thurl Ravenscroft
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Elf) - Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel
"Buffalo Gals" (It's a Wonderful Life) - Dimitri Tiomkin & His Orchestra
"What's This?" (The Nightmare Before Christmas) - Danny Elfman
"Christmas Will Return" (The Santa Clause) - Brenda Russell & Howard Hewett
"When Christmas Comes to Town" (The Polar Express) - Matthew Hall & Meagan Moore
"The Christmas Song" (Christmas with the Kranks) - The Raveonettes
"Christmastime Is Here" (A Charlie Brown Christmas) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
"Jump (For My Love)" (Love Actually) - The Pointer Sisters
"White Christmas" (Holiday Inn) - Bing Crosby
"Wonderful Christmastime" (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie) - Paul McCartney
"Somewhere in My Memory" (Home Alone) - John Williams

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It's Cold Outside!

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
"Silver Bells" - Bing Crosby & Carol Richards
"White Christmas" - The Supremes
"A Marshmallow World" - Dean Martin
"Winter Wonderland" - Aretha Franklin
"Sleigh Ride" - Johnny Mathis
"Jingle Bells" - The Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby
"The First Snowfall/Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" - The Carpenters
"On a Snowy Christmas Night" - Elvis Presley
"Frosty the Snowman" - Fiona Apple
"Snow" (from White Christmas) - Joseph J. Lilley and His Orchestra and Chorus

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Caroling Choirs

"Caroling, Caroling" - The Manhattan Transfer
"O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)" - Saint Paul's Choir
"Here We Come A-Caroling (Wassail Song)" - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
"Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly" - The Norman Luboff Choir
"Good King Wenceslaus" - Londonderry Boys Choir
"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" - Ambrosian Singers
"Joy to the World" - Vienna Choir Boys
"The Holly and the Ivy" - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Sir David Willcocks
"I Saw Three Ships" - Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York & Owen Burdick
"What Child Is This?" - Oxford St. Peter's Choir
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" - Westminster Choir
"The Wassail Song" - The Purcell Singers
"Coventry Carol" - The King's Singers
"Ding Dong! Merrily on High" - Chanticleer

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Christmas for Kids

"Up on the House-Top" - Raffi
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - Gene Autry
"Frosty the Snowman" - The Ronettes
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - The Children's Christmas Chorus
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - Jackson 5
"I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" - Gayla Peevey
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" - The Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby
"The Friendly Beasts" - Sufjan Stevens
"All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" - Spike Jones
"The Little Drummer Boy" - The Temptations
"The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" - Alvin & The Chipmunks
"Here Comes Santa Claus" - Doris Day

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Jazzy Christmas

"Sleigh Ride" - Ella Fitzgerald
"Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)" - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - Duke Ellington
"Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" - Michael Buble
"I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" - Tony Bennett & Antonia Bennett
"Christmas Memories" - Frank Sinatra
"My Little Drum" - Vince Guaraldi Trio
"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" - Diana Krall & The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
"Home for the Holidays" - Betty Carter, Nicholas Payton & Ron Blake
"White Christmas" - Charlie "Bird" Parker
"'Zat You, Santa Claus?" - Louis Armstrong
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" - Harry Connick, Jr.
"That Spirit of Christmas" - Ray Charles

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Rock 'n' Roll Christmas

"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - U2
"Please Come Home for Christmas" - Eagles
"O Holy Night" - Weezer
"O Come, All Ye Faithful" - Chicago
"Christmas All Over Again" - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Christmas Song" - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
"Christmas Blues" - Eric Clapton & John Popper
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" - Los Straitjackets
"We Three Kings" - Patti Smith
"Merry Christmas Baby" - Bruce Springsteen
"Carol of the Bells" - Phantom Planet

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Classical Christmas

The Nutcracker Suite (composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) - John Hollingsworth & London Symphony Orchestra
Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Ralph Vaughan Williams) - NBC Symphony Orchestra
Ode to Joy (from Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th Symphony) - London Symphony Orchestra
The Messiah: "Hallelujah" (George Frideric Handel) - Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Margaret Hillis & Sir Georg Solti
Kinderstucke, Op. 72 "Christmas Pieces" (Felix Mendelssohn) - Benjamin Frith
"In the Bleak Mid-Winter" (Gustav Holst) - American Boy Choir, Empire Chamber Ensemble, Jessye Norman, New York Choral Society & Robert De Cormier
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 (Benjamin Britten) - Robert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
"What Sweeter Music" (John Rutter) - Polyphony, Stephen Layton & City of London Sinfonia
"Christmas Canon" (Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D) - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (Johann Sebastian Bach) - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus & Sir Neville Marriner

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